Status: 05.12.2023, 15:33 PM
By: Karolin Schäfer
Croatia is currently being hit by gale-force gusts and violent waves. A popular holiday region is also affected.
Pula – Millions of tourists are drawn to Croatia every year, especially to the holiday region of Istria, which is popular with Germans. The Ministry of Tourism recorded 29.5 million overnight stays there last year. At the moment, it is getting particularly stormy here, but also in other regions of the country.
Huge waves whip against Croatia's coast: Video shows natural spectacle
Already on Saturday (2 December) there was an orange alert for the west coast of Istria - the second highest warning level in Croatia. As the Croatian portal morski.hr reported, huge waves formed, especially along the Lungomare promenade in Pula. The coastal town is particularly known for its countless beaches and is located at the tip of the Croatian peninsula of Istria.
Videos on social media showed the masses of water lashing against the coasts and even flooding the road in places. This attracted some onlookers who filmed the natural spectacle. However, this may not have been completely harmless.
Croatia declares red alert: Warning of storm surge and gale force winds
In the meantime, the weather situation here has calmed down. The state weather service DHMZ reported only warning level yellow for Istria on Sunday (3 December). Nevertheless, dangerous wind speeds are still expected, which could create violent waves, especially for smaller ships. Only in the evening the weather is supposed to clear up again.
On the Velebit Canal, on the other hand, there is greater alertness. The weather service had issued the highest warning level (red alert) here. A strong storm surge could possibly develop. Most recently, the north of Germany experienced a once-in-a-century flood at the end of October.
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In addition, wind speeds of up to 130 kilometres per hour are expected in Croatia. At the foot of the Velebit mountain range, gale-force gusts are also possible. In Germany, wind speeds of 105 to 119 kilometers per hour are referred to as hurricane-like gusts, the German Weather Service (DWD) informed. If winds of more than 120 kilometres per hour occur, these are called gale force winds.
Weather service warns against travel to affected regions in Croatia: "Be prepared for high waves"
The Croatian Meteorological Service warned against travel to affected regions and advised residents as well as holidaymakers to stay away from vulnerable coastal areas. In light of this, some ferries could temporarily suspend operations. On the other hand, the Kvarner Bay on the upper Adriatic Sea is on orange alert. Strong winds can reach speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour. "Be prepared for stormy and strong stormy wind speeds combined with high waves," it said.
From Monday (4 December), improvement is in sight. According to the local weather service, it will only be stormy in the morning hours on the Velebit Channel, the Kvarner Bay and in Dalmatia. Wind speeds of up to 85 kilometres per hour are possible. Alert level yellow is expected. While it remains stormy in Croatia for the time being, there is absolute snow chaos in Germany. Thousands of households in Bavaria were without electricity. (kas)